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Brian Laundrie Lookalike: Armed Marshals Kicked My Door In

Severin Beckwith says he was handcuffed, fingerprinted before they realized he wasn't fugitive
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 19, 2021 3:07 AM CDT
Brian Laundrie Lookalike: US Marshals Held Me at Gunpoint
This Aug. 12, 2021 file photo from video provided by The Moab Police Department shows Brian Laundrie talking to a police officer after police pulled over the van he was traveling in with his girlfriend, Gabrielle "Gabby" Petito, near the entrance to Arches National Park.   (The Moab Police Department via AP, File)

(Newser) – Severin Beckwith has the misfortune of resembling Brian Laundrie, who continues to elude the authorities searching for him in connection with the murder of Gabby Petito. Beckwith, meanwhile, is currently hiking the Appalachian Trail with his girlfriend, and while they were taking a break two miles off the trail at the Lodge at Fontana Village Resort in North Carolina, someone knocked on their door and then kicked it in before Beckwith, who had been napping, unlocked it. It was US Marshals, pointing guns at him, Beckwith tells the New Yorker. He says they handcuffed him, while he was still in his underwear, and fingerprinted him before ultimately realizing he wasn't Laundrie. See the New Yorker for the full story.

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Meanwhile, the real Laundrie's father was on Monday summoned to court, the Independent reports. Protesters who suspect Laundrie's parents of helping him evade authorities have descended on the family home, and Laundrie's father is accused of trashing one of their signs that was left on his Florida lawn, the New York Post reports. Protester Andra Griffin filed the complaint, saying she helped pay for the sign, which asked "What if it was Cassie?" who had gone missing. That's a reference to Brian Laundrie's sister. (Read more Brian Laundrie stories.)

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